Illuminations, What subjects do you print?

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Illuminations, What Subjects Do You Print

(Affiliate link ) Illuminations (ILM) is a digital download covering all your subjects but math, deciding what to print can be a little overwhelming.

What subjects I print:
• Read-Alone Guides (RAGS)
• High School Study Guides (HSSG)
• Spelling
• Copywork
• English from the Roots Up (EFRU) Notebook pages
• Graphic Organizers (GO) to go with RAGs

In Illuminations there are 3 kinds of study guides, High School, Family and Read-Alone.

  • I transfer the PDF files of the Family Study Guides (FSG) to my iPad. In the past I read them off of my laptop. We do most of the work orally, so the only printing I do are for worksheets that may be included in the FSG.
  • RAGs are designed for the student to complete independently. I make a copy of each RAG for each of my students. I keep them in one notebook and my kids know at the beginning of each week to move their RAG from the binder to their current week’s clipboard. I will scan the RAGs for any needed GOs, and print them to be added to the RAG.
  • HSSGs are printed and placed in each high school’s kid literature notebook. We pick and choose guides for high school students, they get their own literature notebook.

I create spelling notebooks for each student. I copy the “How to Study Your Spelling Words” and place in the beginning of their notebooks. Then I print out the lesson plans for their level. I place week one in a page protector and add blank notebook paper. Each week they place that week’s lesson in the page protector, this helps keep track where they are throughout the year.

I create copywork notebooks for each student. Copywork is the one PDF that allows you to cut and paste from it. I found a website that allows me to paste in words and it will create either print or cursive copywork pages.

I create EFRU notebooks for each student. There are 3 different styles of notebook pages to choose from. I make 10 copies of each style. Then I allow my kids to pick which style they want to use for their new Greek/Latin root word.

All of the printing I do over the summer during my school prep time. During your planning time don’t forget to fill your Queue at Netflix with movies from the Illuminations list.

The schedule grids I print each week.

Everything else I read on my computer. If a subject needs to be re-scheduled I might print out part of the lesson plan to remind us where we are in the curriculum.

Some of my other posts on Illuminations:



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  1. Dorla says:

    Thank you for mentioning your post on the Yahoo group! I’m excited to find your blog!

    I spent last week preparing for Year 2 and half way through the printing realized that there was no need to print the Family Guides!!!!
    Oh well, next time I will remember to ask first!

    • Stacey says:

      Yeah, I have done that too. Sometimes you just keep hitting the print button. Thanks for stopping by! And glad my friend reminded me to go post on the yahoo group.

    • Hi Dorla!
      How’s Illuminations Year 2 going for you? I am looking at getting that for our children who are in 4th, 7th, and 9th grades. I would love to hear how the planning is going as well.

  2. Hey Stacey! Since you are pretty savvy with Illuminations for high school, how many HSSG/RAGS would you recommend for a 9th grade student in order to count for proper high school credit? Do you use them all, or just pick and choose which to use and which books they read? Thanks!

    • Stacey says:

      Really it depends on what your state requires for earning a high school credit. English credits have a lot of parts to it; grammar, writing and literature. I have my high school students do all of the HSSG. Then I have them choose about 10 other books they have to read, no study guide to fill out. We also do Easy Grammar. Writing consists of 5 page paper, 4 page pager, 4 short papers, 4 essays, and 2 creative writing assignments. They can write on history, science topics and literature books. I do the FSG’s orally with all my kids. Now this is for my college bound kids, we do less writing for non-college bound kids.

  3. Hi Stacey, I’m so glad your blog is up and running! I wanted to as about your folders. Do you set up these folders in addition to your MOH folder, or do you have them together?

    • I meant to say “ask.” Sorry!

      • Stacey says:

        Do you mean folder books for MOH? Or other notebooks including the one I set up for MOH.


        • Stacey, I was talking about the folders you mentioned in your previous post about how you print and set everything up for MOH.

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